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Over the winter break from school I tried to find a variety of activities to entertain my children. From the trampoline park to adventures at the library we did pretty well, but one of our favorite things was a movie on the big screen.

The IMAX movie we chose was about landing on the moon. It started with a close up on Neil Armstrong’s footprints in moon dust and finished with an introduction to the Google Lunar X Prize contest. If you haven’t heard of this contest, each team must launch a shuttle into space, land it on the moon and then move their rover/vehicle 500 yards on the moon. It must also send back videos and photographs of its progress.

The prize for accomplishing this feat: a cool, $20 million dollars. There is also another $10 million on the line for other accomplishments in lunar engineering. My kids were very impressed with this contest and its prize. On our next trip to the library we found a book about the walk that Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took from the Apollo 11 mission. They were inspired. The next round of household Lego creations included space crafts and lunar rovers with mismatched wheels. We’re totally going to with that prize!

Science fiction fascinates me with its ability to as the ‘what if’ questions. There is a WriteLife author, Maria Watson, who also loves science fiction and space travel adventures. She lists Dr. Who, Star Trek and Jack Horkheimer’s Star Gazer among her early inspirational influences. You can read an interview with Watson here. Her book, Kinship: The Covering has received great reviews on both GoodReads and Amazon. With a touch of fantasy elements added to this science fiction novel Kinship: the Covering, is an entertaining read. Learn more here:

kinshipThe Kin live in a peaceful covering, far from the evil of plotting elves. That all changes when a fireball streaks across the sky and slams into the forest. Somewhere in the burnt trees, between Kin territory and the enemy stronghold, lies a broken and distressed ship. The Kin need to decide – is this an elf trick, staged to lure them out for capture, or is someone really in need of help? What they find changes everything.

“The first volume in what promises to be an outstanding series by author Maria Watson, Kinship: The Covering debuts the arrival of a singularly gifted author with a firm grasp of storytelling skills that grip the reader’s total attention from beginning to end. A solid entertainment, Kinship: The Covering is highly recommended for the personal reading lists of scifi fans and will leave them looking eagerly toward the next volume of the promised Kinship series.” The Midwest Book Review